What do most managers look at when setting up their line ups? Basically they are looking at getting players that combines overall efficiency of hitting and fielding.
Lead off hitters
can be hard to come by. What is needed: a real good eye, contact and
splits with base running speed. One guy may not be able to handle the
entire responsibility, maybe one for right handed pitchers and one for
lefties. Power is not a requisite and should be lacking as a matter of
fact as a good range is 0 to 60.
The two spot should
mirror the lead off hitter in all reality just not as good maybe. A
little more power is desirable but nothing outlandish, like 55 to 65.
Basically your looking for a hitter that can move the runner along and
The hole hitter is kind of unique and may
depend on the type of stadium you have. A severe pitchers park would be
better served with another lead off hitter type that maybe doesn't have
the all out speed and a little more power. On the road or in a hitters
park you want the flexibility to put one of your best power hitters in
The clean up spot should be designated as
the player with the best batting average and power numbers. If the bases
are loaded which really doesn't happen all that often, you need some
one to bring them home. Most like the idea of doing it with one mighty
The fifth and sixth slots should actually mirror
the clean up spot as best as possible. Just remember this rule, eye,
power and splits before contact from here on out.
seventh slot is usually reserved for the best remaining hitter with
power. Normally the guy with a bad eye with good splits and contact.
The eighth slot is for the guy you just can't seem to find a good hitter for but need his defense. Like SS or CF.
AL gets the use of a DH, usually in the form a big power hitter. They
might help you get to the WS, but can be more of a hindrance in the WS
unless they can play another position. Many try to find a DH that can
play another position somewhat well, like catcher or 1B.
you let WIS suggest your line up, some screwball things will happen.
They will put the player with the best speed in the lead off spot and
the most powerful hitter in the hole slot.